Openings

The 17 Most Anticipated Openings for Summer 2015 in NYC

By Kelly Dobkin  |  June 1, 2015

Some might say summer in NYC is a slow time for new restaurant openings, but not according to our sources! Check out the roster of white-hot openings set to debut to scorching temps this summer. 

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  • Big Names

    Jams
    Barbuto chef Jonathan Waxman resurrects the name and some of the conceptual ideas of his 1980s restaurant Jams at this new 1 Hotels eatery, opening in July. "Some of the same philosophy is still implicit: emphasis on seasonal items, an air of simplicity and, of course, a real charcoal grill," says Waxman. "What some have called Californian cuisine really is my version of the best that California represents: a bit of Italy (especially the Riviera), a smattering of Mexico, a solid foot in French cuisine, a touch of Asia and a bit of the Mediterranean coupled with basic American." As for the decor, he shares: "Style-wise, there will be repurposed materials, real linen, California homey plates, great art (especially California and New York artists). There will be old-fashioned, no-nonsense cocktails, great wines, including those on tap." 1 Hotel, 1414 Avenue of the Americas

    Gabriel Kreuther
    This month, chef Gabriel Kreuther, who achieved critical acclaim at The Modern during his nearly 10-year tenure, will open an Alsatian-inspired restaurant designed by Glen Coben in the Grace Building across from Bryant Park. 1114 Avenue of the Americas

    Lilia
    Opening this summer in Williamsburg, former A Voce chef Missy Robbins teams up with Black Seed/The Smile's Matt Kliegman to open this intimate Italian restaurant focusing on fresh pasta and weekly meat specials cooked via custom-built wood-burning grill. There will also be a small takeaway cafe and outdoor seating. 567 Union Ave., Brooklyn​

    Harold's Meat & Three
    Commerce chef Harold Moore (pictured) will open his take on a traditional "meat & three" concept, popular in the South, in the new Hudson Square Tommie Hotel. The restaurant offers diners choice of a main course protein along with three sides; selections will be varied and seasonal. 231 Hudson St.

    Maritime Hotel Project
    I​talian powerhouse duo Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich will take over F&B operations at the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea, a stone's throw from the High Line, including revamping the aging indoor/outdoor eatery La Bottega. The menu will draw inspiration from the hotel's nautical decor and will feature Italian coastal and island cuisine with a focus on crudos, whole fish and other seafood. Decor-wise, the new restaurant will be inspired by the Amalfi coast destination Positano. While an opening date is still TBD, the new concept will most likely land sometime in this summer. 363 W. 16th St.

  • Imports and Revamps

    O Ya 
    Tim Cushman's acclaimed Boston Japanese eatery makes its NYC debut any minute now (pictured), as part of the Park South Hotel in Murray Hill. Details on the menu are still under wraps. 120 E. 28th St.; 212-201-0200

    Dante
    The Greenwich Village classic, Caffe Dante, will reopen under the direction of Avroko's Linden Pride, with bespoke cocktails, apéritifs and an all-day menu inspired by the restaurant's 100-year-old history. 79-81 MacDougal St.

  • Brooklyn and Queens

    Untitled Fredrik Berselius project
    The former Aska chef just announced he will be opening a new tasting-menu concept in Williamsburg with the same cooking philosophy of his previous eatery. Look for it late summer/early fall. [NYT47 S. Fifth St., Brooklyn

    Untitled Maison Premiere Spin-Off
    Zagat 30 Under 30 alum Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka of Williamsburg's NOLA-inspired hit, Maison Premiere, will open a new restaurant in Greenpoint sometime in late summer/early fall, across the street from Five Leaves. 905 Lorimer St., Brooklyn

    Kimoto Rooftop Beer Garden
    Coming to Downtown Brooklyn this August, the team behind Mira Sushi & Izakaya will open this rooftop beer garden complete with street-food-inspired Asian snacks like bulgogi tacos (pictured) and Spam and pineapple maki rolls. There will be a large array of Japanese craft beers and a private events space. 216 Duffield St., Brooklyn

    Leaf
    Coming to Flushing in July is another Asian rooftop drinkery called Leaf. The menu will feature craft cocktails (the area's first) and Taiwanese-style small plates called xiao-chi133-42 39th Ave., Flushing

  • Downtown

    Mother of Pearl
    Ravi De Rossi (Death & Co, Mayahuel) will open this Polynesian-inspired eatery in the East Village this summer featuring food by executive chef Andrew D’Ambrosi (Bergen Hill) and tiki-inspired cocktails by beverage director Jane Danger (Death & Co., The NoMad Bar, PDT). 95 Ave. A

    Bar Goto
    Bartender Kenta Goto (Pegu Club) brings an eponymous bar and Japanese tapas den to the LES in June. The drink menu will feature eight cocktails that are takes on classics with an Asian twist like an Umami Mary (shiitake vodka, miso, house Bloody Mary mix). Bohemian's Kiyo Shinoki has designed the bar menu, which includes items like okonomiyaki (inspired by the chef's childhood), gobo french fries (Japanese burdock root, shichimi pepper, salt) and tako sashimi (blanched fresh octopus, wakame seaweed, sweet chile miso, wasabi soy sauce). 245 Eldridge St.

    Seamore's
    Michael Chernow of The Meatball Shop (above) will open this seafood restaurant in Little Italy in early summer, featuring sustainable fish caught locally in Montauk that can be customized by guests. 390 Broome St.

  • Expansions

    Black Seed East Village
    This summer, the trendy NY-Montréal hybrid bagelry will expand to the East Village, opening up shop in the historic, now-shuttered De Robertis Pasticceria and Caffe space on First Avenue. The new outpost, designed by the hOmE group, will maintain many of the original details of the iconic bakery, including the tiled floor and handcut tile walls. The new space also features a wood-fired oven like the flagship as well as original tin ceilings. Expect expanded sandwich and coffee options, although no word on what those items will be just yet. 176 First Ave.

    Croque Monsieur
    The popular Village sandwich shop specializing in the French sandwiches will open a Midtown location this summer adding new options like the Mr Le Basque: roasted squash, béchamel, Brie, onion chutney.  459 Lexington Ave.

    J.G. Melon West Village
    An outpost of the UES classic burger joint will open this summer on Macdougal Street, giving nearby burger icons Minetta Tavern and Corner Bistro a run for the money. [Eater NY89 Macdougal St.